Dexter Williams

Dexter Williams

Running Back #2
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 212 lb.
College:Notre Dame
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (194)
Draft Team:GB

Dexter Williams: Plays sparingly in rookie season

Williams appeared in four games during his rookie season and accumulated 11 yards on five carries.

Analysis: Williams spent the entire season on the Packers' 53-man roster, but he was activated only four times and played sparingly in those instances. The Packers clearly see some potential in Williams, but they did not invest more than a sixth-round pick in him, so he will presumably need to earn a roster spot in training camp.

January 21, 2020 10:16 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Not on injury report

Williams (illness) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Williams sat out the divisional-round win over Seattle due to an ailment, and he now appears back to full health. The rookie sixth-round pick is on track to play his usual reserve role during Sunday's NFC Championship Game in San Francisco.

January 15, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Inactive for divisional-round game

Williams (illness) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Williams is one of multiple Packers battling an illness this week, and he'll miss Sunday's divisional-round tilt as a result. Given that Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are both active, Williams was an unlikely candidate to handle offensive snaps even if fully healthy.

January 12, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Status in question for Sunday

Williams (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Seahawks, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams is one of three Packers battling an illness this week, which kept him off the practice field entirely. With Jamaal Williams (shoulder) back in action Sunday, Dexter Williams was an unlikely candidate to see the field anyway, let alone be active, so the bug may be enough to ensure he's among the team's inactives.

January 10, 2020 3:17 PM EST

Dexter Williams: No practice Thursday

Williams is not participating in Thursday's practice due to an illness, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams will have one more opportunity to up his level of activity ahead of Sunday's NFC divisional-round game against Seattle. With Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both operating at full health, the rookie sixth-round pick will likely only play a reserve role if healthy.

January 9, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Limited work in Week 17

Williams had two carries for nine yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Analysis: Williams was activated in Week 17 for just the fourth time all season with Jamaal Williams (shoulder) inactive, but he saw only limited work while playing the third-most snaps among Packers running backs. Jamaal Williams is expected back for the playoffs, so Dexter Williams will likely serve only as depth the rest of the way.

December 31, 2019 10:00 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Active Week 17

Williams is active for Sunday's game in Detroit, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Packers invested a sixth-round pick earlier this year in Williams, but the rookie has only been called upon three other times this season, the last being Week 9. With Jamaal Williams (shoulder) sidelined, Dexter Williams will join Tyler Ervin as the available reserve running backs behind Aaron Jones.

December 29, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Could see added snaps in Week 17

Coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that the Packers will rely more on Williams in this weekend's game against the Lions if Jamaal Williams (shoulder) is ruled out for the contest, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: After exiting early in Monday's win over the Vikings, Jamaal was listed as a non-participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday, a sign that he may be trending toward an absence in Week 17. Along with Dexter, LaFleur suggested that fullback Danny Vitale (knee) could pick up some of the snaps typically designated for Jamaal, but Vitale's availability is also muddled after back-to-back absences from practice. Even if both banged-up backs sit out Sunday and clear a path for Dexter to step into the No. 2 role, the rookie is unlikely to see much work behind top option Aaron Jones, who isn't expected to be rested with the Packers needing a win to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs.

December 26, 2019 2:45 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Sidelined again Monday

Williams (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Monday against the Lions.

Analysis: As he has been for the previous five contests, Williams will don street clothes on game day. Instead, the Packers are rolling with a top-two RB duo of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams while Tra Carson will suit up and be available in relief.

October 14, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Healthy scratch Week 5

Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Dallas.

Analysis: There was a belief Williams would get his first NFL action with Jamaal Williams (concussion) out of commission, but both Williams have found themselves on the inactive list. Behind Aaron Jones, Tra Carson is the only RB available to the offense, though fullback Danny Vitale is on hand for touches.

October 6, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Could make NFL debut Sunday

Williams is preparing to dress as the Packers' backup running back for Sunday's game against the Cowboys in the likely event Jamaal Williams (concussion) isn't cleared to play, Wes Hodkiewicz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: After cracking the 53-man roster at the conclusion of the preseason, Williams, a sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame, has been inactive for the Packers' first four games. With Williams sustaining a concussion in the Week 4 win over the Eagles and having yet to resume practicing in any capacity, however, the rookie looks on track to make his debut by virtue of being the lone healthy backfield option available behind starter Aaron Jones and fullback Danny Vitale. In such a scenario, Jones would likely handle an even greater snap share than he usually does, but Williams could be in store for a handful of touches when the veteran needs a breather.

October 3, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Inactive Thursday

Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's matchup against the Eagles, Jason Wahlers of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams has yet to make his NFL debut. With Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both healthy, it appears as though the rookie sixth-round pick simply doesn't factor into Green Bay's plans on offense.

September 26, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Second week on inactive list

Williams (coach's decision) is once again on the inactive list for Week 2's matchup against the Vikings.

Analysis: While Williams showed flashes of promise in the preseason, he isn't a back expected to be highly involved in the offense barring a shakeup ahead of him on the depth chart. Aaron Jones is the clear No. 1, while Jamaal Williams likely finds his way on the gameday roster due to his tremendous ability in pass blocking and blitz pickup. While there's still some long-term upside here, don't expect much from Williams while the aforementioned two backs are healthy, unless he can find a way to carve out a role on special teams.

September 15, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Deemed inactive Thursday

Williams (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game at Chicago.

Analysis: While the rookie made the Packers' 53-man roster out of the preseason, Williams won't be available to the backfield in his first potential contest. The team will rely on Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams to fuel the ground game.

September 5, 2019 4:14 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Scores winning touchdown

Williams rushed nine times for 34 yards and a touchdown, and caught both his targets for 30 yards in Thursday night's 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Williams entered the game behind Tra Carson, who finished with six carries for 25 yards and one catch for 14. The rookie sixth-rounder did well by totaling 64 yards on his 11 touches, but he'll be most pleased by his three-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter, which ultimately won the Packers the game. Whether Williams has done enough to earn a regular-season roster spot remains to be seen, but his effort Thursday should at least help his cause.

August 29, 2019 10:02 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Behind Carson on depth chart

Williams is behind Tra Carson on the running back depth chart according to coach Matt LaFleur, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: LaFleur praised Carson's knowledge and pass protection, suggesting Williams isn't picking up some intricacies of the game as quickly as the coach would like. The rookie sixth-rounder out of Notre Dame is far from a lock for a roster spot at this point.

August 23, 2019 4:50 PM EST

Dexter Williams: 12 touches in preseason game No. 3

Williams had 11 carries for 27 yards and one reception for five yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Williams did not do anything particularly notable Thursday, but his performance was far better than it was in the exhibition game the previous week. Williams and Tra Carson continue to compete for the No. 3 running back spot on the Packers' depth chart, and Williams still likely has a better chance to make the squad. Each player will get one more chance to show what he can do with extended playing time next week.

August 23, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Quiet in second preseason game

Williams had three carries for five yards and one reception for four yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Williams piled up 80 yards on 15 touches in the Packers' exhibition opener, but he was quiet in the box score in Game 2, and made a couple mishaps that aren't readily apparent, dropping a screen pass with a lot of space in front of him and being involved on a botched handoff -- the fumble was charged to quarterback Tim Boyle -- deep on the Packers' own side of the field. None of the Packers' running backs stood out Thursday, so Williams' chances of making the roster presumably weren't affected much. He does have a ways to go, though, it seems, before he is ready to play a key role.

August 16, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Productive in preseason debut

Williams rushed 14 times for 62 yards and caught his lone target for 18 yards in Thursday night's 28-26 preseason win over the Texans.

Analysis: Williams was handed a big chunk of playing time with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both sidelined by hamstring injuries. The rookie sixth-rounder did fairly well for himself, showing some wiggle while ripping off a game-long 14-yard run and going for another big gain through the air. With Green Bay's other tailbacks producing very little Thursday, Williams is surely trending toward a roster spot, and will aim to impress further next week versus the Ravens.

August 8, 2019 9:43 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Well positioned for roster spot

Williams is one of four tailbacks on the Green Bay roster after the team cut Kapri Bibbs earlier in June.

Analysis: The rookie sixth-round pick is in excellent position for a spot on the 53-man roster, likely competing with 26-year-old Tra Carson (ribs) for a single job. Williams may even have an opportunity to push Jamaal Williams for backup work -- a potentially valuable role given that lead back Aaron Jones has suffered three MCL sprains in two pro seasons. Jones returned healthy for the start of the offseason program and reportedly is in much better shape after he changed his diet to reduce sugar intake.

June 25, 2019 7:53 AM EST

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